The Stoke boss is renowned for his deadline day activities, usually going right down to the wire, making it an exciting time to be a City supporter.
It is not surprising Pulis is being linked with a striker, with the speculation in The Daily Mail that Peter Crouch will be joining up for a fifth time with QPR manager Harry Redknapp, but the Potters have turned down a £5 million bid from the R’s last night, however talks could still continue between the two sides today.
Bent, who hasn’t been at the forefront of Villa boss Paul Lambert’s thoughts starting just seven Premier League games this season, might see the move up the M6 to the Britannia Stadium as a way to reignite his career, after his big money move gone wrong to Villa Park.
A stumbling block for the deal could be the wages that Bent might demand. Stoke don’t have a huge wage bill and won’t be quick to change that, meaning the 28 year old may have to take a wage cut from his reported £60,000 a week demands.
To make the deal more attractive for Lambert, it is reported in the Daily Mail, in form man Kenwyne Jones has been offered to Villa as part of a £10 million package, but one thing is for sure, only one striker will be leaving the Britannia Stadium, if any.
Pulis’ capture of Butland is perhaps a worrying one for Stoke fans, as it might signal that Asmir Begovic is on his way out either today or in the summer. Butland possibly turned down a move to Chelsea because of the prospect of the lack of football, but cash strapped Birmingham would accept a fee of around £4 million.
One transfer which Pulis is close to completing, according to the Metro is that of American Brek Shea, who is currently waiting on a work permit. One thing is for sure, there will be action in the Potteries right up to 11 o’clock tonight.